Chapman on the ‘one and done’: “I love the fact that I have one more chance”
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman is grateful that they’ve been given one more chance.
“I think a three-game series is better than a one-game series,” Chapman said in an interview ahead of Game 2 of their wild-card series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on Friday (May 5), sharing his thoughts on the changes to the wild-card system.
From 2012 through 2021, Major League Baseball used a one-game series between the first and second wild cards to determine who would advance to the Division Series. It was a rare “one-game playoff” in baseball.
“It was one game, and the season was over,” recalls Hernandez, who experienced this with the Oakland Athletics in 2018 and 2019, losing both times. At the time, I was really hoping for one more chance,” he recalls.
“Sometimes the first game of a series doesn’t go your way. Sometimes we don’t do things right. But we have one more chance,” he said, “and the fact that we have one more chance today is really cool.”
Chapman, who tasted defeat twice in Oakland, also tasted bitterness in last year’s wild-card series with Toronto, especially after blowing an 8-1 lead in Game 2.
He said he learned from last year’s experience that “you have to stay focused until you get 27 outs.” “You can’t just jump ahead and think you’re going to win the game. It’s not easy to win games in the playoffs,” he said. “No game is over until it’s over, and anything can happen in the playoffs,” he added.
“I don’t think I’m as nervous as I’ve been in the past,” he said of his fifth postseason game the day before. I was just excited. I think I was able to stay in the moment,” he said, emphasizing that experience helped.
“I think the more you have that attitude, the more likely you are to succeed. You don’t try to get out of control, you just embrace the moment. I think that’s how you play your best baseball and win. Our team has experience playing in big games. I hope we can carry that mindset into today,” he said.
“The atmosphere in the stadium yesterday was great,” he said, noting that the players had “kept a calm head” the day before. It was fun. I think you just have to embrace these moments and enjoy them. Good things happen when you do that,” he said of the stadium atmosphere.온라인카지노
“Today, I hope we give ourselves a reason not to be as loud as yesterday,” he said, adding that he hopes for a different result from the previous day.